Top Ten Greatest Rap Albums

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41Madvillainy - Madvillain

There is no hip hop album that has ever been released quite like this one. MF Doom has a totally unique flow and is easily one of the greatest wordsmiths not only in hip hop history, but in music history. You could read any verse of his at all, and it will blow your mind. Then there's Madlib, who, thanks to his incredibly vast knowledge of music, makes some of the most beautifully abstract instrumentals ever. I could go into great detail about every individual track because they're all fantastic, but I can't. You just have to experience it for yourself. - Mard

The best hip-hop album because of lyrics and beats just the best

Nothing even comes close this in the lane of creativity

This album is just a masterpiece

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42AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted - Ice Cube

One of the best rap albums ever. Political and non apologetic. How is this not higher?

Absolutely should be rated much higher. Ice Cube is one of the greatest.

How is this not higher. Ice cube is a true genius

Ice cube is underrated. This album rules - Sabbath

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43Stillmatic - Nas

A classic. The debate between stillmatic and the blueprint still goes on to this day. Whether you think stillmatic or the blueprint is better all hip hop fans agree that they're both amazing albums. Classics.

This is Nasir Jones' 2nd best album after Illmatic

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44The Score - The Fugees

The first rap album I ever bought. Great for it's time because it wasn't 100% hip hop, there was a strong reggae element and great acoustic tracks gave it a more widespread appeal. Great album

I just found this album and I can't get enough. It's truly a masterpiece beginning to end

Songs like fu gee la, mask, killing me softly all show the diversity of the group, making it an instant classic

45Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

What is this album doing here? It is great, but what the hell :')

46Criminal Minded - Boogie Down Productions
47Capital Punishment - Big Punisher

This should be way higher pun is had a unique flow like no other, this album is very underrated it definitely should be in the top 50 at least

One of the deadliest flows to ever touch the mic.

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48O.G. Original Gangster - Ice-T

Ice T was the first Hip Hop I properly LISTENED to and connected to. There is no Cat that is cooler. He REALLY doesn't get the respect that he is due. Dre, Cube and all the rest would tell you, under no illusion that T was the OG, the first ACTUAL Gangster rapper. That's just fact. His flow on this LP is insane. Check out 'fly by' or 'escape from the killing fields'.

49All 6's and 7's - Tech N9ne

45. Really? Technicians, Am I a Psycho? , he's a Mental Giant, Worldwide Choppers, I Love Music, Food, So Lonely, If I Could, Love me Tomorrow, Mama Nem

I think its not popular enough..

Ceza, Busta, snoop dogg, Lil Wayne, t pain, kendrick lamar, deftones, e40...

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50Tetsuo & Youth - Lupe Fiasco

Lupe's best album and my personal fave of 2015

Mural puts this album in the top 50

51Hello Nasty - Beastie Boys
52Below the Heavens - Blu & Exile

On of the best albums I've ever hear, regardless of genre

53Watch the Throne - Jay-Z & Kanye West

This album should easily be in the top ten. Jay-Z and Kanye West are two rap heavyweights who combined both of their talents to create one super-album. Time goes by, but Jay and Yeezy never miss a beat.

Only heard one on this album, No church in the wild, but it was very

Underrated by far on of the greatest albums of all time

This album will go down as: legendary

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54Aquemini - Outkast

Outkast hit an absolute home run with this. The style within was quintessentially southern, but very creative in terms of electronic production, as well. And does a rap duo get better than Andre 3000 and Big Boi? Phenomenal album.

Amazing. This should be the standard by which all southern hip hop albums should aspire to. Amazing album, and rosa parks is one of the best hip hop songs of all time

Not only the best rap album, but one of the best albums of all time. GOAT

This album is absurd top 10 at least

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552014 Forest Hills Drive - J Cole

Best album of 2014. Every song of beginning to end tells a story. Cole has made some amazing mix tapes but this by far is his best studio album. The album starts off perfectly with January 28th and ends off with one of the most touching songs Cole has ever made with Love Yours. People throw the word Classic around too much these days..but this is a CLASSIC

May not be the greatest hip-album of all time but it is no doubt my favorite. Tells a story all throughout the album and the production is top notch. The album seems to be about the pursuit of happiness. J Cole has, in my opinion, the best flow today and he shows that in this album. I especially love the piano used in this album.

This song was rap album of the year. Definitely deserves to have a high position on this list. - BicBoi

I thought it was a good album, and I really like J Cole. But it definitely isn't this high.

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56Long Live the Kane - Big Daddy Kane

How is such a classic hip hop masterpiece not even on this list? Big Daddy Kane is one of the best to grace the mic. Apparently even the god emcee Rakim refused to go mic to mic with kane.

57Running On Air - Bliss N Eso
58Black On Both Sides - Mos Def

Please, if you haven't heard this album, please do, it is truly amazing. Mathematics, do it know (amazing beat and busta rhymes kills it), hip hop, speed law, so many amazing songs on one album. Who thought that a song called habitat, about the place you live, could be so amazing. If you don't know what I mean, listen to the song, you'll know what I'm saying. This should be far higher, better than recovery, encore, and relapse combined. Please, if you're going to say your a rap fan listen to some real music, not some crap on Encore. - Totalbeasto001

Contains some brilliant songs like speed law and mathematics.

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59Compton - Dr. Dre

A lot of Dre fans felt torn when this album came out. They don't approve of Compton because it's not like what Dre used to make. Let me get this out: I do not give a single damn how much Dre's music has changed. Compton is THE sickest album of 2015. This is coming from a fan of music, not a fan of Dre. We have legendary artists on board, all who took incredible advantage of their verses.

Kendrick Lamar just gave me chills every time he took the mic, and he's at his absolute greatest in Deep Water. Jon Connor undoubtedly tears the hell out of his verse in For the Love of Money. Ice Cube kill it in Issues. Eminem just lets everything out and destroys everything in Medicine Man. Then we got Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, The Game (who pretty much had his own song on the album but it bangs hard), Justus, BJ the Chicago Kid, Anderson.Paak, Candace Pillay, King Mez... man it's all-star cast on this SINGLE album!

What about Dre's music production? You can't deny it: the rhythms to this ...more - Mcgillacuddy

I don't know if it had the potential to be high up since it just came out, but come on when's the next time you're gonna have Dre, Em, Kendrick, Snoop, ice cube, the game and xzibit all on one album?.. Legendary.

The amount of great rappers on this album is incredible. Top to bottom one of the best albums in the last 10 years. Classic

Better than anything out in the past 5 years

60Flying Colours - Bliss N Eso
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